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Erik ten Hag confirms Lisandro Martinez injury boost, opens door for Jonny Evans stay

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Lisandro Martinez is fit to face Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday after recovering from a minor ankle problem.

The Argentina international was substituted at the half-time interval of the 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. It was initially considered as a tactical substitution as he was booked.

However, speaking after the game, Raphael Varane revealed that the £57 million signing picked up a minor ankle tendon issue. Ten Hag has now confirmed his availability for the Spurs game.

He told Manutd.com: “He was just training [on Thursday], so I think so, yeah.”

Meanwhile, the Red Devils boss confirmed that Jonny Evans’ short-term contract expired last month, but talks are ongoing with him over the possibility of continuing at the club.

He added: “In this moment, [he’s] not. I have to say, it’s a short [deal] for [last] month [July], he’s under contract. But we are talking. Yeah. Otherwise, we would not talk.”

United started their top-flight campaign with an underwhelming display against Wolves. They won through a late Raphael Varane winner, but the performance was poor.

The Red Devils were dispossessed on a staggering 39 occasions in the attacking third. Wolves were gifted with the opportunity to play on the counter-attack, but did not capitalise.

There needs to be a big improvement on Saturday. Hopefully, we will see a better response against Spurs. United have had a strong record against the north London side lately.

They have picked up 13 points from the previous 15. The only setback came last season when they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In our view, United should play in their traditional counter-attacking fashion against Spurs, who are not defensively strong. They should capitalise on their weakness at the back.

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